Colorado Springs, CO
Colorado Springs, CO/Eritrea
Rampart High School
Work part-time at the Colorado Running Company and Assistant Coach at Discovery Canyon High School
First Trials qualification
Number of attempts to qualify
University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
2022 NCAA Division II Champion, 5,000m; PBs: 5K, 13:44; 10K, 28:56; half marathon, 62:40; marathon, 2:18:54
Knowing that I wake up everyday to chase some goals and being thankful for opportunities such as this race.
Left his home with a group of friends in Eritrea at the age of 12 during civil war; was caught by Ethiopian soldiers and spent 4 years in a refugee camp before being sponsored by a refugee resettlement service in the U.S. Arrived in the U.S. in 2013 to live with a supportive foster family. Started running as a junior in high school as a way to stay in shape for soccer. Became a citizen in 2021 and earned a bachelor's degree in 2022.
Running for my Life
Favorite TV Show/Series
Sofia The First
Pray for me by Kendrick Lamar
Favorite Post-race Indulgence
Shoving myself in the fridge and eat anything and everything on sight
Favorite Motivational Quote
"The magic we seek is in the work we are avoiding;" "Remember that there is a difference between living and being alive; "Life is beautiful."
Favorite Running Memory
Getting pooped on by an owl in the middle of a run